Families, Seniors Coping Without Power

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email
"I hope we can take care of everybody and make them somewhat comfortable at least." -Mid-Michigan Red Cross spokesperson, Gayle Kinney

Many of those without power are looking for ways to get a break from the cold.

Some are putting fire places to good use, while others are getting help at warming centers across the area like little Casey. It's her first Christmas, but instead of being home for the holidays she's at Trinity Church in Lansing.

"At least we're with the family and being warm and everything," Casey's mom Christal Avery said. "If we have to delay Christmas until we get back home, that's fine."

Christal, her husband, and their four children are just one of many families calling Trinity Church home until they get power back. The Red Cross of Mid-Michigan is assisting at least 100 people at that location alone

"I hope we can take care of everybody and make them somewhat comfortable at least," Red Cross spokesperson Gayle Kinney said.

They're providing cots, towels, blankets, and even a children's play area.

"I told the kids 'Come on, we're going to go camping!' And they are like down for it, they love it." Tammie Campbell said.

Even her extended family is out of power. so all nine of them are using the warming center for now.

"We said, 'It's family, that's what we're going to do. We're going to stick together,' and that's what we're doing," Campbell said.

Others are sticking together at home, making their own warming centers, like William Woodworth and his friends at the Marsh Pointe senior living apartments in Haslett.

"They can't go to the warming center, they have no way to get there, or they can't get up in a car," Woodworth said. "So, they're kind of stuck."

Most of the complex doesn't have power, which means people in wheelchairs on the second floor can't come down because the elevators are out. Some residents slept in the hallways where it was warmer, and they're cooking food by lantern light.

"We're surviving but I'll tell ya, I don't know what's going to happen tonight," Woodworth said.

They're in the holidays spirit though, and making the best of it by singing Christmas carols and sitting by the fire.

"It's just like a family here, everyone is helping everyone else, and we just make do," resident Linda Bryce said.

All of the residents are working together to cook dinner and not let any food go to waste.

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